Author Archive | Scott Tipton

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Extended (Marvel) Family

As Fawcett’s Captain Marvel continued to grow in popularity over the 1940s, his cast of characters grew along with it, well past the core Marvel Family of Cap, Captain Marvel Junior and Mary Marvel. Here are a few other very frequently appearing friends of the Big Red Cheese: Among the first were the Three Lieutenant […]

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The Big Red Cheese on the Silver Screen

Fawcett’s Captain Marvel first leapt off the printed page and into theatres in 1941, with the 12-chapter Republic serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel, starring Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson. It’s pretty faithful to the basics of the Captain Marvel mythos, even starting off with Billy’s visit to […]

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Same Magic Word, New Initials

By 1942, Fawcett had really begun to realize the money machine they had on their hands with the Captain Marvel franchise. And so, only a year after they had branched out with Captain Marvel Junior, the Marvel Family saw the introduction of a new member, in the form of Mary Marvel, first appearing in Captain […]

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With Two Magic Words

After two years of smashing success with their Captain Marvel character, Fawcett Comics decided the time was right to expand the franchise and give the Big Red Cheese a youthful sidekick, as was the popular trend at the time (what with your Robins and Buckys and Speedys and Sandys and such). However, the way Fawcett […]

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With One Magic Word…

I’ve always maintained that the best superheroes have the best origin stories, and the best origin stories are the simplest. With that in mind, let’s look at the origin of the one true Captain Marvel (known to most of you New 52 slackers as just “Shazam”), as presented by writer Bill Parker and artist Charles […]

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In Memoriam

In this month’s issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Terra Incognita, I say goodbye to my friend Harlan Ellison. Thanks to my editor Denton Tipton and everyone at IDW Publishing for giving me the opportunity.

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Fawcett’s Rise and Fall

The colorful characters who populate the comic pages often have nothing on their creators and publishers. Fawcett Publications, the parent company of Fawcett Comics, was started by one such person. Its founder, Wilford Hamilton Fawcett (or “Captain Billy,” as he was known), was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, a police reporter and a hotelier […]

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The Short Man’s Complex, Part IV

In my humble opinion, one of the best treatments of Hank Pym was in Kurt Busiek’s and George Perez’s late-‘90s run on AVENGERS, which correctly characterized Hank Pym (calling himself Goliath again by this time) as a deeply troubled man uncertain about his role as a superhero and the propriety of his recent reconciliation with […]

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The Short Man’s Complex, Part III

We continue our journey into the COMICS 101 Vault with part III of our Ant-Man coverage… By the late 1970s, and early 80s, Hank Pym as Yellowjacket had settled into a standard supporting role in AVENGERS and other Marvel books like DEFENDERS and MARVEL TEAM-UP. As time went on, Pym began to fall into periods […]

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Celebrating Harlan

Last Sunday at the San Diego Comic-Con, I was honored to be invited to speak at “Harlan Ellison: A Celebration of His Life and Work.” For those of you who couldn’t make it, with your kind indulgence, here’s what I had to say about My Pal Harlan (if you’ll forgive a few corrections added here […]

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The Short Man’s Complex, Part II

As we continue our struggle with the Dreaded Deadline Doom following Comic-Con, we go back to another “Comics 101 Classic” entry from the vault. Enjoy!   Five months after the Wasp’s debut,  Henry Pym underwent the first of his identity changes, utilizing his growth serum to grow beyond normal size as Giant-Man. At first, Pym […]

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The Short Man’s Complex

The Dreaded Deadline Doom post Comic-Con has me in its clutches, so we’ll be re-running an old favorite this week. Let’s talk Ant-Man and the Wasp!     Here’s a question I get a lot: “Who’s your favorite super-hero?” It’s a question I usually dread, because it requires a lot of explaining, but here we […]

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